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Arizona Official Resigns Over Christian Controversy

December 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Monthly Articles, World News


A member of a state nominating panel is resigning amid controversy over his remarks during voting last week on an applicant for appointment to the state redistricting commission.

Tempe attorney Louis Araneta had voiced concern about blurring the separation of church and state while discussing Tucson businessman Christopher Gleason’s application, which included references to Gleason’s involvement with a Christian community service organization.

Critics said Araneta seemed to be blackballing Gleason because of his religious activities.

Araneta’s resignation letter denies that and says he was trying to convey the importance of an applicant’s ability to separate spiritual views from civic duties.

The panel didn’t nominate Gleason for appointment.

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